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Acts 18 KJV Bible discussions
 
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    Acts 16:33, in context Acts 16:27-34

    Acts 16:15 in context Acts 16:14-15

    Acts 18:8

    1 Corinthians 3:3

    John 13:35

    Hebrews 10:25

    James 1:27

    Please note the scriptures I've listed & pray about what I'm about to say. I once witnessed 2 children who asked to be baptized by the Lead Pastor, they were skipped over, another Pastor replaced the old one & once again those 2 children a boy & a girl asked to be baptized. That Pastor also asked them questions on the Bible, doctrine, taught them a special class, privately then decided not to Baptize them. In a short time other youths were baptized & they were skipped over again. I watched as those two children served in the church, many days & even during the celebration of the others getting baptized. Whom was more like Christ? Later those 2 children were baptized without classes & with people who barely knew them. Please pray for wisdom.

    Matthew 19:14

    If you judge to strictly remember :

    Matthew 7:2 , Matthew 7:1-5

    Why is beautiful sister, English Sacha leaving?
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Hebrews 8
    Amen Brother Jesse.

    I believe it's widely held that the judgment seat is called the Bema seat throughout scripture in other places.

    Paul was brought up to the judgment seat in Acts, That judgment seat is called the Bema seat.

    Acts 18:12. And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,

    Judgment seat is the same as Bema seat "Greek"

    Judgment seat of Christ is the Bema seat of Christ in Greek as mentioned in

    2 Corinthians 5:10. For we must all appear before the JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

    Greek:

    Transliteration: bma

    Pronunciation: bay'-ma

    Definition: From the base of G939; a step that is foot breath; by implication a rostrum that is tribunal: - judgment-seat set [foot] on throne.

    KJV Usage: judgment seat(10x), throne(1x), to set (one's) foot on(withG4128)(1x).

    Occurs: 13

    In verses: 12

    Thank you Brother for all you do! You have been a blessing to many in sharing.

    God bless.
  • Chris - in Reply
    Thank you brother ChrisE, I was afraid that I did understand you, as you wrote about this in your comments.

    Re: 1 Corinthians 1:17. I believe that Paul "was not sent to baptize", as his calling & ministry was specifically to the preaching of the Gospel & for the establishing of assemblies of believers particularly among the Gentiles, to whom he was called. However, he did baptize Crispus ( 1 Corinthians 1:14, Acts 18:8) & Gaius ( Romans 16:23), & others, such as the household of Stephanus ( 1 Corinthians 1:16), though this seemed not to be the thrust of his ministry. So the fact that he did baptize (& I doubt if we could interpret the word to be 'baptize with the Spirit'), it must prove that water baptism was still performed as prescribed by the Lord in Matthew 28:19. How else would you read this?

    I can understand where Ephesians 4:5 & 1 Corinthians 12:13 (as examples given by you) refer to baptism by the Spirit, however, the other references ( Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:27; & Romans 6:3-4) clearly imply that believers were baptized in water. So yes, I see two baptisms: one for identification & the other, for bringing into the Body of Christ & infilling.

    In your mind, would Scriptures such as Matthew 28:18; Acts 8:13; Acts 8:36; Acts 9:18; Acts 10:47,48; Acts 16:15; Acts 16:33; Acts 18:8; Acts 19:5; & Acts 22:16, be speaking of Spirit baptism? I ask, as I've attempted with great difficulty to reinterpret those verses to mean anything other than immersion in water. Yes, there is the ONE Baptism that is important, that from the Spirit, yet the Scripture is replete with examples of water baptism following repentance as an act of identification. Now if I could find a verse to show the annulment of it, I would be forced to re-think this matter. Thank you for sharing those thoughts brother.
  • Chris - in Reply
    Hi ED. I believe that this urge & urgency for Paul to go to Jerusalem began a long while ago. We read about his desire to be in Jerusalem, first in Acts 18:21. Though it seems that he didn't make it, as Acts 19:10 shows that he got caught up in ministry in Ephesus for over two years. But still he wanted to get to Jerusalem ( Acts 19:21) & then to visit Rome.

    And then in Acts 20:16, Paul wanted to bypass Asia in his travels, so as to get to Jerusalem for Pentecost. But Paul knew beforehand what lay ahead of him there: Acts 20:22-25. And then we get to Acts 21:4 & then to Acts 21:10-12. So Paul already knew that something might happen at Jerusalem, yet he was "bound in the spirit" to go there, that "bounds & afflictions" were his lot wherever he went. So then in verse 4, could this be a further Word from the Spirit that sufferings lay before him at Jerusalem, even as Agabus had also declared? That this wasn't a direct command from God not to go but another message of warning of what lay ahead for him if he should go? Paul knew that he was close to "finishing his course" & felt the need to complete the ministry in Jerusalem. If the Lord wanted anything different for him, it would be certain that obstructions would have been placed before him or he would have received God's Word directly about his disobedience.

    So, even without a full certainty, we should be assured that Paul was led of the Spirit & all that befell him throughout his ministry was not of his doing, but in line with the Plan & Purposes of God to reach those in Israel, Asia Minor & Greece. And of course, Paul eventually was taken prisoner to Rome - so he got to 'visit' that city after all & "received all that came unto him", albeit as a prisoner.
  • Chris - in Reply on Micah 3:8
    Hello Keith. I'm unsure whether you mean that the preacher should request payment for his services or whether he should accept it as a gift?

    For the former option, my understanding is there should not be a request for payment or salary. I also understand that the role of today's pastors/teachers within a Fellowship is generally a paid position, as those serving in such a capacity also need to pay bills & have their needs met, but in the NT Church this wasn't the case. At that time, elders were appointed to lead, direct & teach their congregations from the Word & they also had their own jobs to attend to. In the case of the Apostle Paul, he worked for a living as well ministered to others ( 1 Corinthians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 9:6; Acts 18:1-3). As far as I know, the Brethren Assemblies & maybe some very small house Churches only follow that principle today.

    Whether a preacher should accept payment as a gift: I think that would be in order to do, as the Fellowship has set aside this 'gift of thanks & appreciation' to the one who has taken the trouble to prepare & deliver God's Word to them. What the preacher does with that gift (i.e. to use it for his needs or to return it back via the offering plate) would be his choice. Again, to use Paul's example, he often received such gifts, most likely in 'kind' rather than monetary, & he saw no problem in doing so. 1 Corinthians 9:11-14; Philippians 4:10-19; 2 Corinthians 11:7-9 ("wages" (v8) allows for both a 'payment, provisions, support').

    I always maintain the position, that the preacher should share the Gospel/God's Word free of charge. If he is placed in a full-time position within a Fellowship, then he can receive whatever the eldership determines, even a nominal amount. If he is an itinerant preacher, he either supports himself from his own resources or by doing other work, and fully trusts the Lord to meet his needs. And many have gone to serve overseas based on that dependence on the Lord.
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Chronicles 9
    That was a lovely, God-led act you did Suziq, in giving a little gift to that elderly preacher. I'm sure he must have praised the Lord for your act of kindness & would have had a another confirmation from God of his important ministry - that the Lord was well aware of his service & providing this encouragement through your hands.

    I would not have a problem with serving or ex-armed forces personnel in uniform in Church; and being in full dress uniform, they would be required to wear service medals. I would be very gratified & blessed to see that those who have been called to serve their countries, willing to lay aside comforts & security, to be found in a chapel declaring their submission & allegiance to the King of kings. This must speak volumes to them, as well as to those who worship & fellowship with those heroes.

    Even though there are many more expenses & encumbrances upon Churches today, I still believe that they have grown too large, not numerically, but in dependency on the materiel, the latest in gadgetry & obligated salaries. This may not be a bad thing for sustaining or developing the local Church, but we have generally lost sight of what the early believers practised. The elders & deacons had secular jobs, ministry to the members or those outside Christ were done freely expecting nothing in return, & their worship places were in homes or in simple dwellings. The apostles or those in full-time evangelistic work received support from the Church (not by compulsion), and even Paul had to resort to his trade (tent-making) when finances got a little tight ( 1 Corinthians 4:11,12; Acts 18:1-3). So my feeling that any demand for a salary when members participate in Church ministry (preaching, music, maintenance of building & grounds), should not be the norm, but a freewill offering of service unto the Lord. Anyway, that's what I've always done & believe to be right before the Lord.
  • Star on Acts 2
    Water baptism. Part 1

    From the very beginning in the bible, water separates or divides from something: Genesis 1: 6, 7.

    When God set apart people for himself, he used water to separate you from something to bring you into something else.

    In the old testament, Moses and the priest had to wash with water to be sanctified for service.

    Want to show how many scriptures(not all) are showing how important baptism is!

    Ezekiel 36: 24 - 27:

    God takes the unclean, sprinkles clean water on them, and they shall be clean. Puts his Spirit in them and calls them his people!

    New Testament:

    John the Baptist baptized with water, also baptized Jesus that the scriptures would be fullfilled:

    Matthew 3: 11, 16.

    John 1: 26 - 33.

    Luke 3: 16, 21.

    Matthew 28:19:

    Teach all nations to baptize in Jesus name.

    Mark 16:16:

    He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.

    Luke 24: 47 - 49:

    Beginning at Jerusalem, repentance and water baptism(remission of sins) preached in Jesus name among all nations.

    John 3: 5 - 7:

    Jesus taught you must be born again of water(baptism) and Spirit.

    John 13:10:

    Jesus washed his disciple's feet with water, calling them clean.

    John 19:34:

    Jesus dead on the cross; soldier pierced his side, out came BLOOD and WATER.

    Note:

    1 John 5: 6, 8:

    Jesus came by WATER and BLOOD.

    There are 3 that bear witness in the earth: Spirit, water, and blood. These 3 agree in one.

    One what? - One new birth.

    Continued next text.

    Acts 2:38:

    Baptized in water for remission of sins to be saved. Jews first, then gentiles.

    Note:

    2: 41:

    3000 souls were baptized to be obedient.

    Acts 8: 36 - 39:

    Philip baptized eunuch in water.

    Acts 9:18:

    Apostle Paul is baptized.

    Acts 10: 47, 48:

    Peter baptized Cornelius and his family.

    Acts 18: 8:

    Chief ruler of synagogue believed on the Lord(many with him) got baptized.

    Acts 19: 1 - 6:

    Paul baptized certain disciples in the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Continue to water baptism part 2.
  • Star on Mark 16
    Acts 2:38:

    Baptized in water for remission of sins to be saved. Jews first, then gentiles.

    Note:

    2: 41:

    3000 souls were baptized to be obedient.

    Acts 8: 36 - 39:

    Philip baptized eunuch in water.

    Acts 9:18:

    Apostle Paul is baptized.

    Acts 10: 47, 48:

    Peter baptized Cornelius and his family.

    Acts 18: 8:

    Chief ruler of synagogue believed on the Lord(many with him) got baptized.

    Acts 19: 1 - 6:

    Paul baptized certain disciples in the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Acts 22: 16:

    Paul defense/testamony on trial telling the people; that he was baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Romans 6: 3, 4:

    Paul says those that are saved have been baptized/buried in the name of Jesus.

    Ephesians 5:26:

    Christ sanctify and cleanse His church with the washing of WATER by the word.

    Colossians 2: 11, 12:

    The circumcision of Christ takes place in water baptism.

    Hebrews 9: 19, 20:

    When Moses read the law to all the people, he took blood, water, hyssop, and sprinkled them with it, signifying God have enjoined them.

    Hebrews 10: 22:

    Our bodies are washed with pure water.

    1 Peter 3: 20, 21:

    In the days of Noah, 8 souls were saved by water. The like figure even BAPTISM ALSO NOW SAVES US.

    In conclusion, water is used to separate you from sin/cut off the flesh to bring you into new covenant with Christ, the NEW BIRTH, BORN AGAIN OF WATER AND SPIRIT!
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Romans 5
    Hello Charles,

    Just to expand on the year "around 55 AD" when Paul writing the epistle to Corinth. Also you stating that the time between the Death of Jesus and His appearing to Paul on the road to Damascus being 8-9 years or 36-37 AD. I have never heard of that number. So you have learned the death of Jesus to be around 25-26 AD? I have learned that the Lord appeared to Paul sometime around 2-3 years after His death.

    As also hearing lectures from Dr Gary Habermas who expands on this timeline. Which agree with several other sites of the chronological studies of that time. As I'll just leave a simple timeline and some verses of "around" times. As no one knows the exact year of the death of Jesus Christ I will be using the year 30 AD as most like to use.

    30 AD Death of Jesus Christ.

    32-33 AD The Lord appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus Acts 9:1-20.

    35-36 AD After three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter Galatians 1:18.

    49-50 AD Then 14 years after I went up again to Jerusalem Galatians 2:1.

    50-51 AD Paul arrives at Corinth

    51-52 AD Paul was in Corinth 1.5 years and brought before Gallieo Acts 18:11-12.

    54-55 AD Paul is in Ephesus, staying there 2-3 years, which is where some believe he wrote the epistle to Corinth.

    As there was a first letter, or "previous letter", written to Corinth, from Paul, which is no longer extant. Paul noting he wrote them and epistle previously in ( 1 Corinthians 5:9.

    With all of these dates I'm sure they can be moved around a little as all being "about". Things we know of are the reign of Gallio to be of 51-52 AD. Which has been inscribed in stone.

    Skip also did quote ( 1 Corinthians 11:23. Stating that Paul did "receive of the Lord that which I also delivered unto you". Which I'm sure Skip knows. In Galatians 1:13 the word "see" is the Greek word G2477. Meaning "to find out, learn by inquiry" or "to gain knowledge of by visiting".

    Just to give some friendly information. God Bless.
  • Carolyn Wicker on 2 Timothy 4
    Seeking to find additional information about how did Aquila and Priscilla saved Paul in Corinth before going to Ephesus. This is outlined in Acts 18 but the reason was never stated; a little information was given in research.
  • Joshua on Matthew 7:6
    Our duty as Jesus Christ's servants is to preach His Gospel. Can we make judgments about anyone BEFORE we tell them the Gospel? I don't think so. However, once we have preached to someone, and they react to the news of Christ as a dog/swine(they reject it, mock it, insult it etc), their blood is on their own head. We are clean.

    Acts 18:6 'And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, YOUR BLOOD BE UPON YOUR OWN HEADS; I AM CLEAN'

    And again, Acts 20:26-27 "Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of ALL MEN. For I HAVE NOT SHUNNED TO DECLARE UNTO YOU ALL the counsel of God."

    And again, Mark 6:11 "whosoever shall not receive you, NOR HEAR YOU, when ye depart thence, SHAKE OFF THE DUST UNDER YOUR FEET for a testimony AGAINST THEM. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city."

    And again, Matthew "whosoever shall not receive you, NOR HEAR YOUR WORDS, when ye depart out of that house or city, SHAKE OFF THE DUST OF YOUR FEET."

    Perhaps seeds were planted/watered by us and later that person will come to their senses, but the Bible tells us our duty is fulfilled. We depart from them and warn others.

    Matthew 7:6 'GIVE NOT that which is holy UNTO THE DOGS, neither cast ye your pearls BEFORE SWINE, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.'

    We see here, Christ Jesus never required us to babysit or go after the dogs or swine. Rather, he warns us to beware them.

    Philippians 3:2 "BEWARE OF DOGS, beware of evil workers" Dogs are people who reject the Gospel of Christ. God compares them to evil workers.

    And again, in Titus 3:10-11 "A man that is an heretick AFTER the first and second admonition REJECT; Knowing that HE THAT IS SUCH IS SUBVERTED, and SINNETH, BEING CONDEMNED OF HIMSELF.
  • Alex on Luke 24
    Comments by Alex on Luke 24 : 49 This Promise baptism was H.G. baptism not water baptism ,Behold i send the Promise of my FATHER upon you etc. remember John said he ( Jesus ) must increase but i must decrease impling that water baptism had to decrease and H.G baptism wd increase, Ya gotta realize that even in the O.T. they had to apply Blood to the door post not water. But now the blood is applied to the doorpost of our hearts,Without the shedding of blood there was no remission of sins . Water baptism was very important B/F the Cross but after the Cross it was the BLOOD of the lamb that we must Behold thats y John was preaching behold the lamb of God ( the blood ) that taketh away the sins of the world. Water cannot remit sins if it cd Jesus shed his blood in vain and the Cross was just foolishness. In fact there were some in the time of Paul that were so wrapped up in water baptism the preaching of the Cross was just foolishness and it is still like that today with some religions. Once ya understand the Holyness of the Cross his blood you will neva mention water baptism again for the remission of sins. One of Johns disciples was still preaching water baptism after the Cross but they had to go to him and show him a more Perfect way Acts 18 : 25 Which was H.G baptism. The Baptism of Promise That resulted from the Cross. His blood. Thats y the lord was so upset with Peter he was commanding water baptism instead of lifting up the Blood the lamb of God that made them Clean to the highest realm that water cd neva do. H.G BAPTISM IS THE ULTIMATE CLEASING MAKING A MAN MORE PRECIOUS THEN GOLD IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. Nothin can be added to it or Compared to it. Its the very mediation of a the new covenant. After that Peter understood the vision he said then remembered I the words of our LORD JOHN BAPTISED YOU WITH WATER BUT I WILL BAPTISE YOU WITH THE H.G. AND FIRE WHICH WAS THE BAPTISM OF PROMISE. All the UNCLEAN animals in that sheet was the CHURCH MADE CLEAN BY HIS BLOOD.
  • Chris - in Reply on Romans 16
    Joe, we don't get the full picture of people or events in Scripture, so one can only try & put the pieces together to gain some understanding. Paul had never been to Rome - actually he was anxious to visit them & so wrote this letter, Romans, (his steno being Tertius, as we understand that Paul had some vision problem: Gal 6:11), to prepare for that visit. So, he wrote this letter from Corinth & from there went to Jerusalem to deliver the money he was collecting from Corinth for the poor in Jerusalem. Then after doing that, his intention was to visit Rome & go onto Spain (15:24). All these plans fell apart as he was arrested in Jerusalem & eventually taken to Rome as a prisoner.

    So all these people that he mentions in Romans chap 16 who belonged or associated to a Church he never visited has perplexed us. Paul also gives similar greetings to the Church at Colosse ( Colossians 4:7 ff), a Church he also never visited. But we think that those people that he mentioned in Romans were those he had met & acquainted with in his travels or at least heard specifically of them through others & remembered them in his prayers: hence naming them specifically.

    Priscilla & Aquila were known to Paul ( Acts 18:1-3 & 18-21) when he left them at Ephesus while he went on to Caesarea. So in their travels, they must have been in Rome ministering there at this time of the epistle.

    With Phebe, I don't think she travelled with Paul as all his travel plans were changed after his arrest, but was probably charged to carry this epistle to the Roman Church. I see Paul truly commending her to them as his representative, envoy & forward party preparing for his planned visit. I hope this quick account helps you.
  • Chris - in Reply on 2 Samuel 1
    Those were very interesting, thought-provoking comments that you shared there, Spike, to which I fully concur. BTW, the matter of Paul's occupation, can be found in Acts 18:1-3. I think we can have both the cheerful giver of tithes & those that give of necessity. But the point really is, should the matter of tithing that was instituted for Israel's performance, also be compelled upon believers today?

    Tithing was, as said in my previous comment, a command given for the support of those who were responsible in the Tabernacle ( Lev 27:30-32; Deut 14:22-24). Then under the New Covenant, the early Church was encouraged to give generously for the support of the needy ( Acts 2:43-47; 4:32-37; 11:27-30; Gal 2:10; 1 Cor 16:1-4; 2 Cor chaps 8 & 9). No where were those believers encouraged to tithe but to offer freely & according to their ability. Today, our Churches are much bigger, accountable to the govt. & required to pay staff, rent, utilities, etc. So should the command to tithe, which was the charge to Israel, now also be upon the Church today?

    In fact, if we study the 'tithes' that Israel had to give throughout the year, someone has worked it out that with everything considered, they actually ended up giving about 20 percent of their increase. And to the folk who support tithing now, I wonder whether they calculate their stock/share profit at the close of Trading on Friday & then work out their interest received on their investments & deposits, plus of course, ten percent also of their salary or wages prior to giving their tithe on Sunday? If they don't do all these calculations, would there be any guilt harboured in possibly giving a shortfall to the Lord's Work? After all, if obedience to the Law is imperative, then it should be done without error, I would think. I would rather spare myself this agony, and just give according to my desire, bearing in mind the greater need that exists in the work of the Church, Missions & the needs of others.
  • Apostle Paul the Tent Maker on Matthew 27
    Wesley's Notes for Acts 18:3

    18:3 They were tent makers by trade - For it was a rule among the Jews (and why is it not among the Christians?) to bring up all their children to some trade, were they ever so rich or noble.

    People's Bible Notes for Acts 18:3

    Ac 18:3 Because he was of the same occupation, he abode with them. This is the first mention of the handicraft by which so often during his toilsome life Paul earned his daily bread. Every Jewish boy was taught a trade, and Paul no doubt learned his in Tarsus.

    Compare Acts 20:34, 1 Thessalonians 2:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:8, 1 Corinthians 4:12, 2 Corinthians 11:9.

    What an amazing testimony Paul had: born a Jew; became a high ranking Pharisee. Became a citizen of Rome: served warrants to kill Christians (see Stephens death).

    Confronted on the Damascus Road, on his way to serve more warrants: and was confronted by Jesus Christ.

    At the end of this chapter 18, Paul decides to minister to the Gentiles which was his calling. His entire ministry is a marvel when you consider all of the things he endured for the sake of His Savior. He did what he knew to be doing.

    Do we know what to be doing?

    Matthew 26:31-46

    Revelation 14:12-13

    It's not a law to do something for Jesus. It's an act of Love, a privilege, it's worship and adoration. Love makes us want to give love.

    That's Him, inside of our spirit and soul. Do you feel it? We are indwelled with Someone so powerful...that even death could not stop it. He walked out of that tomb in the glorious power of Love.

    God so loved the world! That He GAVE...his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him, should Not perish, but have everlasting life.

    Love gives.

    We give love because He loves us.

    Obeying laws is an insult to this kind of Love. We never can be good enough in our own power to emulate the God-kind of Love.

    It's simply giving.

    Mishael
  • D.J. - in Reply on Psalms 72
    Sandra,

    Concerning the 7th Day.

    Most people use Sunday because they can't shake customs and traditions.

    You are following the Sabbath day requirement because you feel compelled to.

    The 7th day was established for ALL of mankind back on the 7th Day of Creation ( Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 20:8-11, Exodus 34:21, etc. etc.) and was never abolished.

    ( Mark 2:27-28) "And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath."

    If we believe in the Father and His only begotten Son, then we have Christ in us every day, not just one day per week. This new understanding is an enhancement of the 7th day, not the abolishing of it. It was made to last forever.

    This is a day that God BLESSED and SANCTIFIED! Christ always honored the Sabbath. The Apostles kept the Sabbath after the death of Christ; look at Acts 13:14, 27, 42, 44, Acts 16:13, etc.

    Pentecost is a holy SABBATH day; i.e. a day of rest.

    In Acts 17:2 and Acts 18:4, Paul is continually feeding the people Scripture on the SABBATH.

    Christ never abolished the Sabbath.

    God never said anything concerning that fact, and if He wanted that day changed, He would have made it abundantly clear.

    Have you considered looking at the Dead Sea Scrolls?

    The Book of Enoch, in particular, reveals a 364 day solar priestly calendar.

    52 (weeks) x 7 = 364

    The calendar begins after the Spring Equinox.

    Look at the first book of Enoch; specifically, ch. 72, and ch. 82 (column 27) are words concerning the ancient solar calendar.
  • Naomia - in Reply on Acts 18:17
    In 1 Corin 1:1 Paul calls Sosthenes a brother (in christ). So if this is the same person in Acts 18:17.He was a Christisn and beaten probably because he allowed Paul to teach.
  • Greg - in Reply on Luke 17:3
    Patricia Robinson, WOMEN SHOULDN'T TEACH

    If you do not want to teach the word of God and lead other people that know less than you because you believe that the Bible tells you that you shouldn't, that's up to you.

    Can you show me where it says that women SHOULD NOT lead or guide others in the word of God?

    What about Priscilla

    Acts 18:26,

    "And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

    Romans 16:3

    "Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:"

    Notice whose name came first this time!

    Priscilla is teaching and leading the flock.

    Pastor means to "rule" or "tend or "herd" a flock.

    Disciple means to "goad" or "teach."

    Elder means "honorable" or simply "older" and specifically refers to men AND WOMEN.

    1 Timothy 5:2 speaks of the "elder women" of the people.

    God has NEVER excluded half of His people from being able to teach others His Message!
  • Greg - in Reply on James 1
    Chris,

    I appreciate your comments and thoughts on this matter.

    The many different views and ideas that come from this type of discussion are valuable to the overall understanding of Scripture.

    I will leave you with this concerning the Seventh Day vs. the First Day.

    I will hold to my understanding that if God or Jesus wanted us to change His day of rest, They would have made it abundantly clear. Correct interpretation of Scripture will justify a position. Any application to other thoughts or ideas may be welcome, but it cannot alter the interpretation. Inference is not the best way to justify a position. I have to remind myself of this all the time.

    If Christ foretold us ALL THINGS ( Mark 13:23), why did He not clearly explain this changing of the 7th day to us as everything else we needed to know was.

    Acts 18:4 can be used as an example that after Christ died, and rose from the dead, Paul was continually teaching in the synagogues on every Sabbath day, to both Greeks and Jews.

    I believe that there is no particular day in which you worship more than any other day. That is a 7 day a week plan.

    I believe that one day out of seven (the 7th day) the body should rest (as per instruction by our heavenly Father).

    According to our current (Gregorian) 365 day calendar, the days slide (so to speak). For instance, your birthday might be on a Monday this year, but will slide to Tuesday (or possibly Wednesday) the following year.

    So then, technically, this year's Sunday was last year's Saturday.

    Is it Sunday because we are told so?

    Among the findings of the Dead Sea Scrolls was the book of Enoch.

    The book of Enoch contains the priestly Solar Calendar (ch. 72, 82). It is a 364 day calendar based on 52 seven day weeks.

    It is a perfect solar priestly calendar used by the Israelites for thousands of years. This amazing calendar resets every year.

    The DSS are a wealth of (seemingly untapped) information for Biblical students.
  • Greg on James 1
    WHY DO PEOPLE NOT REST ON THE SABBATH DAY / SEVENTH DAY?

    And God RESTED on the SEVENTH DAY.

    And God BLESSED the SEVENTH DAY and SANCTIFIED the SEVENTH DAY.

    Many have changed the day of rest from the SEVENTH DAY to the first day.

    There are TWO Biblical reasons people believe this.

    1) The first day of the week is the day that Matthew 28:1, Mark and Luke 23:55, 24:2 relate that the sepulchre was opened and Jesus was not found there.

    2) During the 40 days that Jesus was on earth before He rose into heaven He appeared to His disciples seven times. Five of the seven times Jesus met with them on the FIRST DAY of the week. The other two times, the day is not mentioned. Look at Mark 16:9-13, Mark 16:14-18, Luke 24:13-33, Luke 24:34, Luke 24:36-44, John 20:11-23, John 20:26-29.

    None of the examples given above concerning the FIRST DAY of the week allow any authority for us to change the SEVENTH DAY to the FIRST DAY.

    Jesus NEVER GAVE AUTHORITY TO DO THIS.

    ( Mark 2:27-28) "And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath."

    If we believe in the Father and His only begotten Son, then we have Christ in us every day, not just one day per week.

    This new understanding is an enhancement of the 7th day, not the abolishing of it. It was made to last FOREVER. This is a day that God BLESSED and SANCTIFIED!

    Christ ALWAYS honored the Sabbath.

    The Apostles kept the Sabbath AFTER CHRIST DIED; look at Acts 13:14, 27, 42, 44, Acts 16:13, etc.

    Pentecost is a holy SABBATH day; i.e. a day of rest.

    In Acts 17:2 and Acts 18:4, Paul is continually feeding the people Scripture on the SABBATH. Christ never abolished the Sabbath; neither did Paul. God never said anything concerning that fact, and if He wanted that day changed He would have made it abundantly clear.

    Further study concerning the importance of the Seventh Day can be found throughout ALL Scripture; as well as in the Book of Enoch.
  • D.J. - in Reply on John 7:1
    Victoria,

    Concerning the 7th day of the week and the 1st day of the week

    The Hebrew definition of the word "week," or "weeks," simply means "sevened."

    The Greek definition of the word "week" is defined as "Sabbath," i.e. the 7th day (of a seven day period); the day of rest.

    The 7th day was established for ALL of mankind back on the 7th Day of Creation ( Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 20:8-11, Exodus 34:21, etc. etc.) and was never abolished.

    ( Mark 2:27-28) "And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath."

    If we believe in the Father and His only begotten Son, then we have Christ in us every day, not just one day per week.

    This new understanding is an enhancement of the 7th day, not the abolishing of it. It was made to last forever. This is a day that God BLESSED and SANCTIFIED! Christ always honored the Sabbath. The Apostles kept the Sabbath; look at Acts 13:14, 27, 42, 44, Acts 16:13, etc.

    Pentecost is a holy SABBATH day; i.e. a day of rest.

    Many use the "first day of the week" spoken of in Acts 20:7, to change the Law of God, but this verse concerns the first Sabbath in reckoning the seven Sabbaths until Pentecost. (i.e. the first day of the Sabbath. Week = Sabbath.

    In Acts 17:2 and Acts 18:4, Paul is continually feeding the people Scripture on the SABBATH.

    Christ never abolished the Sabbath; neither did Paul.

    God never said anything concerning that fact, and if He wanted that day changed, He would have made it abundantly clear.

    Have you considered looking at the Dead Sea Scrolls?

    The Book of Enoch, in particular, reveals a 364 day solar priestly calendar.

    52 (weeks) x 7 = 364

    Look at the first book of Enoch; specifically, ch. 72, and ch. 82 (column 27) are words concerning the ancient solar calendar.
  • D.J. - in Reply on Revelation 7:9
    Kim Burrow, Comments concerning the 7th day, Law, and Grace.

    Concerning the Sabbath:

    The Hebrew definition of the word "week," or "weeks," simply means "sevened."

    The Greek definition is clear, as the word "week" is defined as "Sabbath," i.e. the 7th day (of a seven day period); the day of rest.

    The 7th day was established for ALL of mankind back on the 7th Day of Creation ( Genesis 2:2, 3) and was never abolished.

    ( Mark 2:27-28) "And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath."

    If we believe in the Father and His only begotten Son, then we have Christ in us every day, not just one day per week.

    This new understanding is an enhancement of the 7th day, not the abolishment of it. It was made to last forever. This is a day that God BLESSES and SANCTIFIED! Christ always honored the Sabbath. The Apostles kept the Sabbath; look at Acts 13:14, 27, 42, 44, Acts 16:13, etc.

    Pentecost is a holy SABBATH day; i.e. a day of rest.

    The "first day of the week" spoken of in Acts 20:7, concerns the first Sabbath in reckoning the seven Sabbaths until Pentecost. (i.e. the first day of the Sabbath. Week = Sabbath.

    In Acts 17:2 and Acts 18:4, Paul is continually feeding the people Scripture on the SABBATH. Christ never abolished the Sabbath; neither did Paul. God never said anything concerning that fact, and if He wanted that day changed He would have made it abundantly clear.

    To pluck a few verses out of Scripture and declare a law of God to be null and void (especially with so much Scripture speaking contrary to what you are proposing) is playing fast and loose with His words.

    *Look at the book of Enoch; specifically chapter 72 and 82 (column 27) concerning the ancient Enoch Solar priestly Calendar. A 364 day calendar (52 x 7)
  • Sylvester White on Revelation 7
    Son of the Most High God, that is falsehood. Romans 1:16 "For it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first and the Greek." Acts 18:6, "I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the gentiles." Race and bloodline does not matter to Christ for a person being saved after his sacrifice and never will.
  • Irene123 on Acts 2
    Acts 18:2 says Aquila was from Pontus. I got curious, looked up Pontus. And the article reminded me there were people (Greeks, "strangers") present on the Day of Pentecost, Acts 2:9. It was during the Roman period that Christianity entered Pontus and near-by areas from the Roman 'dispersion'. God wanted His people to spread His word beyond Jerusalem, and this is how he did it.
  • Irene123
    Acts 18:9
  • Irene123 on Acts 18
    Acts 18: 6; Ezek. 3:9.
  • Irene123 on Acts 18
    Acts 18:24-28 - Aquila
  • Jacob on Acts 1
    We we believe the whole bible but take in consideration to whom it is speaking. Before the cross is O.T. doctrine Heb 9:17. The verse you quoted said covet to PROPHESY. So according to that verse one should ardently want to prophesy. The speaking in tongues was needed at Corinth because Corinth see Acts 18:1 had lots of Jews see verse 2 and there was a synagoge beside the place where they were meeting and Jews require a sign 1 Cor 1:22 and tongues are for a SIGN 1 Cor 14:22. Those are verses in their context. Mark 16 and Acts 2 has baptism associated with salvation because it is the Kingdom gospel being preached by a man names Simon Peter who didn 't even know of the body of Christ mystery. This was revealed to the Apostle Paul Eph 3:1-9. They said what must WE do in Acts 2. This is as a Nation because the KINGDOM is being offered to the JEWISH NATION see Acts 3:19, Rom 11:26-29, Heb 8:8-12, Jer 31:33-34, 33:8,50:20, Dan 9:24. No one is saved like Acts 2:38 again. Acts 16:31 shows how an individual is saved. What must I do to be SAVED? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and THOU SHALT BE SAVED.
  • Evangelist Chatauna Robinson on Genesis 2
    Part 1 of 2: Hello Whatitsays: Now you stated that there are no women preachers in the Bible? However, There is Priscilla of the husband and wife team of Aquila and Priscilla, Acts 18: 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly . If you read Romans Chapter 16 you will find devout women who labored in the Lord. Priscilla and Aquila had a church in their home. When you are truly saved in Christ Jesus, there is the following, Galatians 3: 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus .
  • Evangelist Chatauna Robinson on Acts 2
    Part 2 of 3: Both Apollos and these 12 men were baptized unto John s baptism. While Apollos was in Ephesus teaching all he knew Aquilla and Priscilla heard him speaking they took him aside and taught him the way of the Lord more perfectly, Acts 18: 24 thru 28. When he was disposed meaning when he was placed in order of the right way, he began to teach, Acts 18: 28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ. We can deduce that it was this time that Apollos was saved. In 1 Corinthians 3: 6 Paul confirmed this by saying I have planted, Apollos watered but God gave the increase . If I can say it like this, Paul laid the foundation, Apollos was the teacher or preacher who continued to water what Paul laid down, and God added to the church such as should be added.


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